Anderson Children's Foundation

Dr. Carreon Academy

Dr. Carreon Academy

Robotics and STEM Equipment for the 21st Century Science Classroom (2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016)

Dr. Carreon Academy aims to make STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education a priority. Barack Obama once said "As President, I believe that robotics can inspire young people to pursue science and engineering." In upcoming years, the California STEM Learning Network predicts that the fastest-growing and highest-wage jobs in the upcoming years will be in STEM fields. Unfortunately, financial support for the equipment needed to allow students to experiment in these areas are not always available. Through their growing robotics club, Dr. Carreon academy hopes to equip its students--many who come from low-socioeconomic backgrounds--to learn about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through LEGO robotics.

Fifth grade students at Dr. Carreon Academy are provided with one hour of science instruction per day, and all fifth graders are expected to participate in the Desert Sands Unified School District science fair. Thanks to the grant from ACF, classrooms will purchase 30 LEGO Education mechanism packs that can be reused with each class. With these kits, students will use Lego pieces to build motorized mechanisms that will set them on a path of exploration in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This technological advancement will also foster the establishment of a science club, with the intent that students will continue to hone their STEM skills and eventually compete against other schools.

Contact Person: Brian Foley

Contact Email: brian.foley@desertsands.us